Thursday, 8 August 2013

you can hear happiness staggering on down the street, footprints dress in red

Jimi Hendrix Monterey Guitar remnant
We didn't just look at the flying fishes in Seattle. Along the way we stopped off at the inscrutably named EMP, the centre created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

With Bill Gates, they sold the original DOS operating system for PCs to IBM (and then bought QDOS because their own wasn't written). Paul did okay from it and along with the sports teams and yacht with two onboard helicopters, he set up the music and media centre.

I'd previously thought it was called the Jimi Hendrix museum, but although it features Hendrix, there's also Nirvana and a range of other musical experiences including many 'try it yourself' displays.

The guitar at the top of the post is a remnant from the famous flambéed Stratocaster at Monterey, and the albums on the wall are from Hendrix's own record collection.
Jimi Hendrix Record Collection
The picture below is one of the famous London ones, outside Montagu Place. Hendrix rented number 24 from Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney had already installed recording gear there and its where Hendrix penned The Wind Cries Mary. After Ringo evicted Hendrix, John and Yoko moved in for a while. It's an English Heritage site nowadays, complete with blue plaque.
Hendrix at Montagu Place
Oh, okay. Here's Hendrix playing a chilled Wind Cries Mary, at Monterey, on a black upside-down Stratocaster.

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